The holiday season is a time to enjoy but if we aren’t mindful we can find ourselves off track with our healthy eating.
Our 7 tips to eat healthy will help you stick to your goals and still have fun!
1. Plan ahead for healthy choices.
Most restaurants have their menus posted online and some have the nutritional info posted. Check the website of the restaurant you will be going to and plan out your healthy choices. Or even better, choose a healthy restaurant for your event that has quality options. Having a healthy snack before leaving can help control your appetite before you arrive as well.
2. Have something healthy to drink.
Try ordering a warm drink first thing such as hot water with some lemon or an herbal tea. You’ll be surprised how this warm calming drink can fill you up and soothe cravings and hunger.
3. Ask for what you want.
Don’t be afraid to modify the menu. More restaurants are open to accommodating healthy options; they are in high demand these days! Ask questions and know the terminology. Grilled, steamed, broiled, boiled and baked are fine but beware of terms such as creamy, smothered, breaded and deep fried. Ask for sauces on the side and leave out the fries/rice/pasta/potatoes that usually come with the main and ask for extra veggies instead.
4. Start with soup or salad.
Both can be filling and quite satisfying. Stick with an oil and vinegar based dressing or ask for the dressing on the side so you can control the portion. Choose non-creamy soups like broth soups for the best options and ask for the appetizer size.
5. Appetizers as the main course.
Try ordering from the appetizer menu if you don’t find anything healthy on the main menu. Options such as grilled calamari, caprese salad, or shrimp cocktail are great and have it with a salad. This keeps portions in check and is usually less expensive.
6. Watch your alcohol intake.
Alcohol can stimulate hunger so it is wise to avoid drinking on an empty stomach (this really throws off blood sugar) and try to follow the 1:1 rule; follow a glass of wine with a full glass of water. You could also try a wine spritzer with 1/2 wine 1/2 club soda or mix vodka with soda water. This lets you still partake in the festivities without over doing it.
7. Practice portion control.
We hear this one al great deal… because it is so important! Most restaurants provide HUGE portions. Eyeball your serving size (palm of hand) and divide your poriton accordingly. Ensure half of your plate is full of veggies and have half the dish packaged-up for home, or better yet, ask the waiter for a to-go container and box it up right away. Bonus: Less for you to cook the next day!